Joseph M. Miller, MD, MPH

Professor of Public Health
Professor of Optical Sciences
Department Head, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Biomedical Engineering, 1978 (BSE)
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Health Sciences/Anesthesia, 1978 (BS)
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Biomedical Engineering, 1981 (MSE)
  • Case Western Reserve University, Biomedical Engineering, 1985 (M.S.)
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, 1985 (M.D.)
  • Akron City Hospital, 1986 (Internship)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, Ophthalmology, 1987-1990 (Residency)
  • Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 1990-1991 (Clinical Fellowship)
Honors and Awards: 
  • S.N. and Ada Ford Foundation Scholarship, 1974-76
  • William H. Falor Summer Fellow, 1982
  • Melvin E. Jones Eye Bank Scholarship Award, 1984
  • Certificate of Appreciation, State of Arizona Department of Child Protective Services, for support of the "Never Shake a Baby" program, 1992
  • Osler Institute Teaching Award, 1994
  • Honor Award, Academy of Ophthalmology, November 1998
  • Deans’ Teaching Scholars, University of Arizona, 1998
  • Named one of Tucson’s Best Doctors in Specialty of Ophthalmology, 2003-2004
  • Walt and Lilly Disney Special Scholars Award For Amblyopia Research, 2004
  • Listed in Phoenix Magazine’s 2005 “Top Docs”
  • Director, American Board of Surgery, 2007
Major Areas of Research Interest: 

A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Miller specializes in pediatric eye care and strabismus. He is listed in the 2003-2004 Best Doctors in America database, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Miller's research interests include the effect of refractive error on visual development and the invention of instruments to detect strabismus (misaligned eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) in young children. He is the recipient of the 2004 Walt and Lilly Disney Award for Amblyopia Research from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB).

He is medical director of "Astigmatism and Amblyopia Among Native American Children," a project supported by a grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health involving Head Start and elementary school children of the Tohono O'Odham Nation.

Dr. Miller, Dr. Snyder and James T. Schwiegerling, PhD, UA Department of Ophthalmology assistant professor and optical scientist, invented a unique retinal camera for diagnosing retinal damage in eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). The camera also can be used by emergency room pediatricians to help detect signs of child abuse, such as shaken baby syndrome. According to Dr. Miller, the new system also will have applications in telemedicine, improving communication between ophthalmologists and primary care physicians.

Student Opportunities Through Research: 

There are several engineering applications in Ophthalmology for a student who is mathematically inclined.

Selected Publications: 

Dobson V, Harvey EM, Miller JM. Spherical equivalent refractive error in preschool children from a population with a high prevalence of astigmatism. Optom Vis Sci. 84(2):124-30, 2007.

Harvey EM, Dobson V, Miller JM, Clifford-Donaldson CE. Amblyopia in astigmatic children: patterns of deficits. Vision Res. 47(3):315-26, 2007.

Scott AB, Alexander DE, Miller JM. Bupivacaine injection of eye muscles to treat strabismus. Br J Ophthalmol. 91(2):146-8, 2007.

Harvey EM, Dobson V, Miller JM. Prevalence of high astigmatism, eyeglass wear, and poor visual acuity among Native American grade school children.
Optom Vis Sci. 83(4):206-12, 2006.

Miller JM. Vision in Preschoolers Study. Ophthalmology. 111(12):2313-4; author reply 2314-5, 2004.

Miller JM, Dobson V, Harvey EM, Sherrill DL. Cost-efficient vision screening for astigmatism in native american preschool children. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 44(9):3756-63, 2003.

Joish VN, Malone DC, Miller JM. A cost-benefit analysis of vision screening methods for preschoolers and school-age children. J AAPOS. 7(4):283-90, 2003.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015